Mainland version of Iron Man 3 chock-full of Chinese character(istic)s

The soon-to-be-released blockbuster sequel of a sequel Iron Man 3 will be heavily modified for Chinese audiences when it opens in China on May 3rd, revealed an article in The Hollywood Reporter. Specifically scenes featuring the character Dr. Wu and his assistant (played by Chinese stars Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing respectively) have been heavily …Read More

A better “The Man with the Iron Fists” review

It was my intention to sit down and write a review of “The Man with the Iron Fists” this week. I just watched it a couple nights ago, and had a lot to say about it. Well, enough to fill a few paragraphs here. I was going to cry foul my disappointment at what RZA …Read More

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Review: Mao’s Last Dancer

I’ve had Mao’s Last Dancer on my “to watch” list for a while now, and finally sat down and gave it a look the other night.

I’ve no doubts that the reason it sat for so long unwatched was because my academic desire to watch it couldn’t beat out the fact that I’d be spending two hours watching a dude dance. Fortunately for me, my less-evolved side succumbed to ever-eroding powers of having nothing else to watch.Read More

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Shangdown — Interview with Shanghai spaghetti western director Jakob Montrasio

When Shanghai-based expat Jakob Montrasio first told me he was directing a spaghetti western set in his adopted city, I’m sure I blinked uncomprehendingly. The movie, Shangdown: The Way of the Spur is an east-meets-west kung fu cowboy mashup. This Bruce with boots (or Clint with a kick) premise for a film seemed strange and …Read More

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